Inclusive Art Sessions

StudioChristel  is an inclusive creative space that can cater for up to eight adults.  Most needs can  be  accommodated.

Workshops can also be designed for individuals (one-on-one) or for groups with  specific  needs. These can be  held at StudioChristel or at other suitable  venues.

Contact the studio for more details. 

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IHC Art Awards

Open to all New Zealanders with 

an intellectual disability

In September 2019, Julia Quelch, a regular participant at StudioChristel, was selected as a finalist in the IHC Art Award with her artwork, 'Forest Fairy'.


"The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work. It highlights the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities."

IN the news

Mahurangi Matters ran an article on Julia Quelch's  achievement and StudioChristel. 

Read the whole article,


Retreat Workshops


Annual Workshops at Long Bay, Auckland, with NZ Down Syndrome Association.

Painting workshops for young adults with Down syndrome and a session for their parents:

3 hours of peaceful, playful, art time. No external pressure; a time to recapture the pleasure of moving paint around a surface; an opportunity to refresh your vision - to explore colours and textures - to experiment with new techniques that are simple but effective.


Take home your completed canvas as a positive reminder of this very special self-care session. 

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Exploring new art-forms and techniques is a great way to encourage 

creativity and experimentation - often with exciting results. With support, all participants were able to participate in these workshops. 

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